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Burma's Opposition Party Wins By-Election in Landslide

Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (C) waves to the crowd as she leaves National League for Democracy (NLD) headquarters after addressing journalists and supporters in Rangoon on April 2, 2012.
Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (C) waves to the crowd as she leaves National League for Democracy (NLD) headquarters after addressing journalists and supporters in Rangoon on April 2, 2012.

Democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi declared a "new era" for Burma Monday, after her party claimed a landslide victory in Sunday's parliamentary by-elections.

Although official results could take days, the opposition National League for Democracy says it won at least 43 of the 44 seats it had contested.  That includes the four seats in the administrative capital, Naypyitaw, which is populated mostly by government workers and military personnel.

Aung San Suu Kyi told a sea of supporters outside NLD headquarters in Rangoon Monday that she hoped the election results will force government to heed the will of ordinary citizens.  

"We hope that this is the beginning of the new era, where there will be more emphasis on the role of the people in the everyday politics of the country," she said.

She appealed to other political parties to help bring democracy and better living conditions to the impoverished country.

"We also hope that the we will be able to go further along the road towards national reconciliation," she said. "We will welcome all parties who wish to join us in the process of bringing peace and prosperity to our country.''

The Union Solidarity and Development Party, which was formed by the ruling military before it ceded power in a general election last year, will continue to have an overwhelming majority in parliament.  

Observers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations issued a statement Monday saying the election was conducted in a free, fair and transparent manner.

The NLD won a landslide victory in 1990 general elections, but military leaders at the time refused to relinquish power and the victors were refused entry into parliament.  Aung San Suu Kyi was held under some form of confinement by the military government for most the the past 22 years.

Voting took place Sunday under the watch of a small group of observers from the European Union and a regional grouping of Southeast Asian nations.  However, the monitors were only given a few days to prepare for their mission, and some have said they considered themselves watchers rather than monitors.

U.S. and European Union authorities have hinted that they would consider lifting some economic sanctions imposed on the former military government, if Sunday's polls are determined to be free and fair.  Those sanctions were levied during the past two decades in response to widespread human right abuses under military rule.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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by: tintinmoe
April 02, 2012 6:59 PM
thankyouformothersuu
I very happy

by: gourav garg
April 02, 2012 5:30 AM
Finally,Myannamar going to taste the fruits of democracy.Kyi will be role model for the whole world ,not only for fighting the democracy but also to show his neverending enthusiasm to fight aganist the oppression and unconstitutional methods adopted by Military rulers.Myannamar should take this oppurtunity for
becoming a complete democractic country under the leadership of Sui Kyi .

by: almoros idriss
April 02, 2012 4:53 AM
Great News from the East! Congratulations Burma!

by: Johnson Okwu Kamalu
April 02, 2012 4:11 AM
The people of Burma are speaking....Let their will take place!

by: qinfung
April 02, 2012 3:36 AM
I hope one day, this scene will appear in China!

by: abdulkadir duale
April 02, 2012 2:27 AM
I wish a new begining to BURMA freedoom denocracy and every good political achiements, wish you happy to aal Burmes nationales.

by: sharad kulkarni
April 02, 2012 2:24 AM
democracy began in Burma congratulation to new leader

by: A R Sopamena
April 02, 2012 2:04 AM
This is a good article,
Congratulation to Aung San Suu Kyi who told a sea of supporters outside NLD headquarters in Rangoon Monday that she hoped the election results will force government to heed the will of ordinary citizens. Hopefully the new leader will manage the nation into a real democratic live stile. Again good luck Burma

by: CC
April 02, 2012 1:55 AM
And if she had lost the entire west would have said this election was rigged!

by: keerthi sumanasiri
April 02, 2012 1:54 AM
Congratulations!. Keep going Madame Aung Sang Suu KYI.

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